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Alumni ArtPrize Award 2017

  • September 20, 2017
  • Off Campus


This year, in honor of the contributions Calvin alumni have made to the world’s largest public art competition, the Calvin College Department of Art and Art History and the Calvin Alumni Association are continuing a special $1500 ArtPrize award for a Calvin alumni ArtPrize participant. Any Calvin alumni artist participating in ArtPrize is eligible for the award.

Nora Lagerway Faber '98 was our first award recipient in 2015. Read more in Spark.

The Art

Here's the list of alumni artists, name of artwork and a map. Don't see your name? Contact us and we'll add you!

Pamela Alderman '82

Let Go | Amway Grand Plaza

Marlin Baker '68

Roll Over Beethoven | JW Marriott Grand Rapids

Jennifer Bergsma '94

Out of the Box | Peppinos Pizzeria & Sports Grille

Adam Bock '09

Eye Made You Look | The B.O.B

Melissa Burgess '17

Oblivion | Grand Valley Artists, Inc.

Bill Chardon '77

Live Oak | Women's City Club

Anne Crans '68

"Trilogy ..." | Central Reformed Church

Nora Faber '98

Coral Atoll - Renewed Mind | City Water Building

Agnes Fisher '65

He walked on water and calmed the storm | Central Reformed Church

Suzanne Grasman '89

Out of the Box | Peppinos Pizzeria & Sports Grille

Elaine Harlow '92

This Land is Your Land / This Land is My Land | City Water Building

Professor Robin Jensen

The Rogue River Dragons | The Harris Building

Nicholas and Gloria Kroeze '73

ONE | Peppinos Pizzeria & Sports Grille

Shawn Krueger '97

Untitled | Saint Mark's Episcopal Church

Susan Kruszynski '81

Reaching Upward | J. Gardella's Tavern

Randall Nyhof '71

Decline of the Small American Farm | Grand Valley Artists, Inc.

Kerre Nykamp '85

Saturday | Grand Valley Artists, Inc.

Robert Penning '81

The Odd Magic of Albert and Myna | JW Marriott Grand Rapids

Emily Pilarski '21

This Memes a lot to me | JW Marriott Grand Rapids

Marsha Plafkin '84

Kaddish | Brothers Leather Supply Company

Matthew Plescher '91

Equilibrium | Women's City Club

Brad and Todd Reed '00

The Power and Beauty of Lake Michigan | The B.O.B.

Ryan Spencer Reed '02

Oil+Water (Working Title) | Grand River

Mary Steenwyk '88

Questining Creatures | Holiday Inn Grand Rapids Downtown

Cassandra Swierenga '79

Snow Birds on Naples Pier | Women's City Club

Doris TeBos '54

God's Florals | Arnie's Restaurant

Alison Wabeke '11

Home | Central Reformed Church

The Vote

The winner will be determined by popular vote. Voting will be open to all Calvin alumni (including current students who are sophomores and older) who visit ArtPrize in person. Voting begins Wednesday, September 20 and will continue through the end of ArtPrize on October 8.


The Winner

The winner will be announced online after voting is completed, and will be announced publicly at an October campus event to be announced soon.

The Award

The Calvin Alumni Association Board, through its Catalyst Grant program, has funded this Alumni ArtPrize Award. The award will be given to a single Calvin alumna/us participant in ArtPrize, determined by popular vote. The alumni board has funded this award for three years with the hope that a Calvin alumna/us or group of Calvin alumni will continue funding the award after the initial three years.


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